Commentary on the Book of Joshua by G.F. Maclear

George Frederick Maclear [1833-1902], The Book of Joshua.

This commentary on the Book of Joshua was written by the Rev. George Frederick Maclear [1833-1902], Warden of St Augustine’s, Canterbury and headmaster of King’s College School, London. This book is in the public domain and includes a couple of helpful maps.

George Frederick Maclear [1833-1902], The Book of Joshua. J.J.S. Perowne, gen.ed., The Cambridge Bible for Schools. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 18973. Hbk. pp.228. [Click to download complete book in PDF]

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  1. Introduction
    1. The Book of Joshua
    2. The Life of Joshua
    3. The Work of Joshua
    4. Joshua as a type of Christ
    5. Analysis of the book
  2. Text and Notes
  3. General Index
  4. Index of Words and Phrases explained


1. The Pentateuch is followed in the Jewish Canon by a series which bears the name of Neviim Rishonim, “the earlier Prophets 1”, and comprises Joshua, Judges, the first and second Books of Samuel, and the two Books of Kings. This series contains the history of the Israelites,

(a) As governed by the successor of Moses and the elders who outlived him;

(b) As governed by native kings;

(c) As subject to foreign invaders.

2. The first of these Books, the Book of Joshua, derives its name, not from its Author, but from the great hero, whose exploits are therein related, and who succeeded to the command of the people after the death of the great Hebrew Lawgiver, and led the nation into the Promised Land.

3. The claims of the Book to a place in the Canon of the Old Testament have never been disputed, and its authority is confirmed by allusions to the events recorded in it, which are found in other Books of Holy Scripture. [Continue reading]

More resources on the book of Joshua can be found here

C.F. Burney on Israel’s Settlement in Canaan

The following Schweich Lecture is now available on-line in PDF:

C.F. Burney [1868-1925], Israel’s Settlement in Canaan: The Biblical Tradition and its Historical Background. The Schweich Lectures 1917. London: Oxford University Press, 1919. Hbk. pp.104.

You can find the download link <<HERE>>. I have an idea that most people will find that the colour maps (e.g. see right) are more useful than the text, so have included some high resolution .png’s of them. All this material is in the Public Domain.

This is the last of the Schwiech Lectures that I have to hand at the moment, but I am trying to source copies of the others which now in the Public Domain.

Alan R. Millard on the Historical Accuracy of Daniel

In 2012 Crossway published an impressive collection of 21 essays defending the historical reliability of the Bible under the title Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? The publishers have kindly granted permission for Theology on the Web to host Alan Millard’s contribution to that volume, dealing with the accuracy of Daniel’s account of Babylon:

Alan R. Millard, “Daniel in Babylon: An Accurate Record?” James K. Hoffmeier & Dennis R. Magary, eds. Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? A Critical Appraisal of Modern and Postmodern Approaches to Scripture. Crossway, 2012. Pbk. ISBN-13: 978-1433525711. pp.263-280.

You can download a copy in PDF here.

Thomas McCall’s essay on religious epistomology (Chapter 1) is also available here.